South East Region Update September 2016

Update from the South East region for the ADCS Council of Reference

Following the retirement of Janette Karklins from the DCS post at Bracknell Forest, the new South East lead for sector-led improvement is Stuart Gallimore (DCS, East Sussex); he will be assisted by Alison Jeffery (DCS Portsmouth).

The main project for this autumn and winter is introducing a new Self Evaluation Framework with an element of Peer Challenge. This is new to the South East, but based on the template kindly shared by colleagues in the East Midlands. We are also putting our own Topical Peer Challenge Round 9 in the field.

The Data Benchmarking Group continues to flourish with data sets for social care, adoption, SEND and early help. Our Leadership Development programme continues to support both teams and individual staff. The Children’s Social Care Workforce project has recently activated a Memorandum of Cooperation around recruitment, retention and agency staff.

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